A scholarship is a financial aid award that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are a form of merit-based aid, meaning they are offered based on merit or achievement in a specific area.
State of Georgia Student Aid Programs
HOPE/ZELL MILLER SCHOLARSHIP
The Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship program provides scholarships to eligible Georgia residents who attend an approved college or university in Georgia. Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen for Title IV funds, be a 1996 or later graduate of an eligible high school with a “B” average (3.0 HOPE GPA) in the core curriculum, and meet HOPE’s Georgia residency requirement.
Certain other conditions apply. Current legislative action has set the award amount for the 2013-2013 academic year at $3,600 per year ($1,800 per semester) for full-time (enrolled for 12 hours or more) attendance. For students attending part-time for a semester (less than twelve credit hours and greater than or equal to six credit hours), the award amount is one-half of the full-time award amount per semester. HOPE funding discontinues after 127 attempted credit hours.
The Zell Miller Scholarship is provided for graduating H.S. students with at least a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 SAT score (critical reading + math). The Zell Miller Scholarship amount will be $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester) and will be awarded in lieu of the HOPE Scholarship.
All state aid is subject to change annually. For more detailed information regarding state regulations for the HOPE and GTEG program go towww.gacollege411.org or contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Outside Scholarships are designed to give local civic organizations, businesses, individuals and other scholarship organizations the opportunity to invest in the life of students as they attend Toccoa Falls College. Outside Scholarships are available to all enrolled students of Toccoa Falls College during the fall and spring semesters. Outside Scholarships are not considered part of the Toccoa Falls College general scholarship fund, but are considered to be gift aid from an outside organization or individual to be awarded to a specific student, designated by the organization or individual on the “Outside Scholarship Verification Form.”
To view more information about the application process for an Outside Scholarship and to download the “Outside Scholarship Verification Form,” please click on the link below (Churches wishing to participate in the “Church Matching Grant” program should use the “Church Matching Grant Eligibility Verification Form” instead of this form):
The Office of Financial Aid has received the following Scholarship Announcements that can be found below. Some scholarship applications have been sent to our office. Please be aware that these announcements do not represent a comprehensive listing. Students should consult bulletin boards in the Financial Aid Department, as well as, in their academic departments for additional opportunities. Students should also keep an eye on the World Wide Web.
The following sites provide useful information concerning warnings about fraudulent scholarship search firms.
Scholarship and Grant Policies
TFC scholarships do not require students to submit a FAFSA. However, the college encourages students to do so to maximize their potential for financial aid. Only full-time students are eligible for institutional financial aid, including the final semester before graduation even if students need less than a full load to complete a program. Students confirm offers of financial aid by submitting the deposit and all documents needed to complete their financial aid files.
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for all decisions in awarding institutional financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid only considers institutional scholarships and grants after they apply all federal and state scholarships and grants to the student account. The total amount of scholarships and grants (including institutional, federal, state, and other) awarded cannot exceed the cost of tuition, room, board, and fees. The Office of Financial Aid awards institutional financial aid in two increments: half for the fall semester and half for the spring semester. The college does not award institutional aid for summer sessions. Students that have a lapse in enrollment of more than one semester forfeit all institutional scholarships and grants previously awarded.